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Peninsula Township is accepting letters of interest and/or resumes for individuals to serve on the following boards:

Planning Commission

The Planning Commission writes and updates the Master Plan, conducts public hearings on special use permits and proposed zoning ordinance amendments, reviews and recommends approval of site plans, and drafts new zoning regulations.

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Two staff members – Township Planner Randy Mielnik and Zoning Administrator Christina Deeren – help implement proposed plans, along with seven Planning Commission members who make recommendations regarding Township policy to the Township Board.

The Planning Commission meets the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Township Hall, although additional meetings may be scheduled. Applicants must be qualified electors of the township.

One opening will be appointed through August 2021, and three openings will be appointed through August 2022. Read more about the Planning Commission and current members here.

Please submit a letter of interest and/or resume to Township Clerk Becky Chown, [email protected], or by mail to 13235 Center Road, Traverse City, MI 49686, by 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, 2019.

Zoning Board of Appeals

The Peninsula Township Zoning Board of Appeals is a five-member board which hears citizen appeals for variances from or interpretation of the Zoning Ordinance.

This board meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Township Hall on an as-needed basis, although additional meetings may be scheduled. Applicants must be qualified electors of the township.

One full three-year term and two alternate positions are available. One opening will be appointed through August 2022 for a regular board member, one opening will be appointed through August 2021 for an alternate board member, and one opening will be appointed through August 2022 for an alternate board member.

Alternate board members serve on an as-needed basis when a regular board member is unavailable. For more info about the zoning department and current board members, click here.

Please submit a letter of interest and/or resume to Township Clerk Becky Chown, [email protected], or by mail to 13235 Center Road, Traverse City, MI 49686, by 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, 2019.

Cemetery Committee

The Township is also seeking individuals interested in serving on the Cemetery Committee. Peninsula Township owns and maintains three non-denominational cemeteries:

  • Ogdensburg Cemetery, on the corner of Center Road and Ladd Road
  • Bohemian Cemetery, on Neahtawanta Road between Shipman Road and Kroupa Road
  • Peninsula Township Cemetery, on Peninsula Drive between Seven Hills Road and Kroupa Road. This cemetery also includes a green cemetery section and a pet cemetery section.

For more information about the township cemeteries, click here. If you are interested in serving on the Cemetery Committee, stop by the township office or email Township Clerk Becky Chown at [email protected].

A NOTE FROM JANE: I started Old Mission Gazette in 2015 because I felt a calling to provide the Old Mission Peninsula community with local news. After decades of writing for newspapers and magazines like the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Family Circle and Ladies' Home Journal, I really just wanted to write about my own community where I grew up on a cherry farm and raised my own family. So I started my own newspaper.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks, Jane, for your excellent coverage of our Peninsula “doings.” Having coverage of the OMWC activities is a great idea. Thanks, again.

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